Summary: This has to be the most useless camera I have ever spent a ridiculous amount of money for. The primary reason for buying a digital camcorder is so that I can edit them in any given piece of software, convert them to a common format and upload them to the internet or view them in any player. Not possible. Trying to get Sony's proprietary AVCHD m2ts format converted to anything useful is an extraordinary amount of time wasted.
Summary: I spent a lot of money on this camera and thought it would work well with my VAIO laptop but the other reviews are accurate - Sony has horrible support and you can't do much with the videos. I'm insulted that they would expect me to pay another $200 just to do some editing. If you have a Mac (we have both) it wont work with it. The CD that came in the box was damaged so I couldn't even transfer my files to the PC without paying $30.
Summary: The picture quality and features on the camera are great, BUT... Sony shot itself in the foot when it decided to push the AVCHD video format. You are forced to use Sony's substandard software tools; there is no good conversion story if you want your video in MP4. WMV, or any other format. So, Adobe Premiere (which I use for all my home editing) is useless, as is Edius, Ulead VideoStudio, or anything else.
Summary: Sony HD camera video formats are not supported by any editing software other than Sony Vegas which is NOT included with this camera. If you plan to edit your videos, you're screwed unless you buy the $120 Vegas Pro software! Do not buy this camera if you are looking for easy editing! Also, this camera has no eyepiece viewer and is essentially useless when filiming outdoors.
Can't download video onto computer and edit with personal software
Brother Lawrence, Amazon
14 October 2007
Summary: I recently purchased the camera for school projects and have Avid Liquid Pro as an editing software. When I tried to download the video to edit, it ruined all my other video files throughout my computer. When I chatted with Sony's online help they basically said, "Sorry but we don't guarantee it won't do that." Read the entire transcript below for the full conversation. Problem : When I installed the software it messed up every mpeg2 file I had on my computer.